University remembers pioneering educator Bertha Maxwell-Roddey

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Bertha Maxwell-Roddey, Ph.D., founding director of the University’s Africana Studies Department, died March 21 at the age of 93. Maxwell-Roddey joined UNC Charlotte’s College of Human Development (now Cato College of Education) in 1970. The educational pioneer was among the first Black principals to lead a white elementary school in Charlotte. The next year, she […]

Professor Mark D’Amico Leads Session at U.S. Department of Education Summit on Community College Transition

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Cato College of Education Professor Mark D’Amico is continuing his national leadership in improving the community college-to-university transition following a student transfer summit hosted by the U.S. Department of Education. The summit, a pivotal component of the “Raise the Bar: Attaining College Excellence and Equity” initiative, convened 200 higher education leaders at Northern Virginia Community […]

Literacy and Neuroscience Researcher Kelly B. Cartwright Named Spangler Distinguished Professor of Early Child Literacy

The Cato College of Education has named Dr. Kelly B. Cartwright the Spangler Distinguished Professor of Early Child Literacy.  The first to hold the position, Cartwright previously served as Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Teacher Preparation at Christopher Newport University in Virginia, and directed the Reading, Executive Function, And Development Lab (READLab), while contrbuting to […]

Professor Clare Merlin-Knoblich Named Counselor Educator of the Year by NC School Counselor Association

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UNC Charlotte counseling professor Clare Merlin-Knoblich has been named Counselor Educator of the Year by the North Carolina School Counselor Association (NCSCA). The award recognizes Merlin-Knoblich’s outstanding contributions to the field of school counseling. She joins UNC Charlotte counseling Professors Sejal Foxx and Taryne Mingo, who earned the award in 2015 and 2020, respectively, in […]

“An Evening with Harvey Gantt, Business and Civil Rights Leader and Charlotte’s first Black Mayor,” headlines Niner Nation King Week 2024

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On Thursday, Jan. 18, from 5 to 6 p.m., UNC Charlotte will welcome distinguished Charlotte architect, civil rights leader and public servant Harvey B. Gantt as its featured guest for Niner Nation King Week’s signature event.  During “An Evening with Harvey Gantt, Civil Rights Leader and Charlotte’s First Black Mayor,” Gantt will discuss in a […]

Scholarship with Barnhill Foundation, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Offers Career Opportunities

by: Tradesha Woodard, WCNC A good education can change anyone, but a good teacher can change everything. “I think each one of us can attest to the idea that if you have had high-quality teachers in your schooling, that it leads to more value as a citizen in the future,” Dean of the Cato College of […]

“Perfect Storm of Coincidences” Draws Former Psychology Researcher into the Science Classroom

When Stephanie Ijames’ son Campbell left Cox Mill Elementary for the bright lights of middle school, Stephanie stuck around. She had been a plugged-in parent at Campbell and her daughter Columbia’s schools in Cabarrus County, and was offered a teacher’s assistant position at Cox Mill around the time of Campbell’s graduation. Ijames was a member […]

Curiosity, Opportunity Propel First-Year Social Studies Teacher to Master’s Degree

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“Everything fit together. I decided that day to apply and felt like all of the pieces of my life led to that moment. I wanted to combine my passion for learning about the world around me with teaching others to see it too,” graduating Cato College of Education master’s student and first-year social studies teacher […]

Students Share Love of Reading at Niner University Elementary

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Bethany Mavromatis slowed in the hallway of Niner University Elementary (NUE) to compose herself, closed her eyes, breathed deeply, and wiped the tears away. She crossed the threshold of her assigned classroom as a buzzing group waited. She took a seat and opened “The Last Stop on Market Street.” “CJ pushed through the church doors, […]

How Future Teacher Zakia Williams Found a New Path at UNC Charlotte

Zakia Williams began her time at UNC Charlotte as a transfer student grappling with changing her major. In a pivotal session, her academic advisor asked Williams what she was passionate about and wanted from a future career. Her answers helped guide her decision to pursue a dual major in elementary and special education, a signature […]